Oxx ponders Oaks bid for Hazariya

HAZARIYA could be set for a tilt at the Darley Irish Oaks on July 17 following an impressive success at Gowran Park yesterday.

Trainer John Oxx is considering supplementing the Aga Khan-owned filly to the field for the Curragh Classic after her one-length triumph in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes. Mick Kinane brought the 7-2 joint-favourite through to lead inside the final furlong and she kept on well to beat Dermot Weld’s Mermaid Island with market rival Tropical Lady a head back in third.

“I may supplement her for the Irish Oaks if the ground is suitable,” said Oxx. “She likes ease in the ground and needs a step up in distance.”

Hazariya has now won three of her four starts this term with connections swerving the Irish 1000 Guineas feeling the filly would be better suited by longer distances.

Oxx and Kinane completed a double when 3/1 favourite Ebaziyan landed the finale, the Gowran Handicap, making amends for a disappointing run at The Curragh last weekend.

Oxx explained: “He was drawn on the outside and got no cover at The Curragh. He was too free and gave himself no chance, but today he did things right. He didn’t pull and Michael got him settled. He has enough speed to win over a mile and a half but will stay further and will hopefully pick up another handicap.”

Earlier, Kieren Fallon partnered the gambled-on Amigoni to triumph in the two-year-old maiden but his supporters had to endure a steward’s inquiry before the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was confirmed the winner. Amigoni, backed from 5/2 to 5/4, looked an assured winner when drifting to his left close home, hampering the runner-up Taqseem. But the stewards were of the opinion that the interference was accidental and that it did not affect the result.

Trainer Dermot Weld, who will decide tomorrow morning whether to run Dream To Dress in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom on Friday, was also among the winners.

Stable jockey Pat Smullen seized the initiative early in the straight on Society Hostess and she stayed on strongly to open her account in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden.

The daughter of Seeking The Gold is owned by the Moyglare Stud Farm and Weld’s view of the performance was simple: “She’s a nice filly and it was a pleasing performance.”

Fran Berry maintained his position at the top of the Jockeys Championship Table when Mr Jack Daniels, trained across the road from the track by Tony Mullins, justified hefty support in the Kilkenny Handicap, getting the better of Cupid’s Bow by a length.

Mullins has no immediate plans for Sean Murphy’s four-year-old but explained: “He was bought as a hurdler and we’ll have to try jumping again. His schooling wasn’t satisfactory last winter but we have to persevere and give him another chance.”

On a day when bookmakers were hit hard, another successful favourite was the John Quinn-trained Will He Rock, which defied top-weight in the first division of the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox